This was BCG’s 3rd official trip to the Volcanic island of Lanzarote with many of 2017’s riders making a return trip to Club La Santa and the 2 week Bike Camp.
This year saw 27 Club Members make the trip for which 23 took part in the Camp. Most club members spent 10 days (second week) on the camp enjoying guided rides every day that included climbs such as Garbage Mountain, Mirador and Femes as well as the infamous 10km climb of Tabayesco. On offer were group rides of differing speeds on super quiet roads whilst enduring the prevalent strong winds the island is renowned for. During the week 5 different groups were guided covering distances of between 30 – 80 miles; with the longer days having a lunch stop half way. Each day had its own story made more enjoyable by the extra activities the Camp laid on. These included a Pool Tournament, a Watersports Challenge as well as an Aquathon/Duathlon Mountain Bike Race. One of the highlights of the week was BCG’s very own Q&A session with pro cyclists Lars Bak and Mads Pedersen that was arranged through the Bike Camp’s head honcho Ben Price.
With as many as 80 different activities on offer those members who didn’t cycle took the opportunity to do yoga, high energy classes or even paddle board. A couple of days we spent on BCG Day Trips that included a trip to the beautiful marina town of Puerto Calero and a mountain bike excursion on Fat Bikes over to the seaside town of Famara. On our final day we arranged a BCG Mini Triathlon where individuals and teams could compete on a Sprint Distance Triathlon with prizes awarded for the winners. At the end of the Camp (at the official Bike Camp Meal) awards were given throughout the groups and BCG swept the board with all of these!
Our respective winners over the week were Steve Thompson and Simon Leadbeater who won the (all BCG Final) Pool Tournament beating Peter Ward and Gary Pearson in one of the Bike Camp’s best ever Final. The Watersport Challenge saw Peter Craxton and Simon Leadbeater, win another award, with Simon picking up his 2nd award of the night. Not wishing to be outdone Hayley Leadbeater (Simon’s wife) also won an award for `Most Aggressive Rider` with Michaela Craxton (Pete’s wife) picking up the award for `Most Helpful Rider` for spending a lot of time at the front . It was left for husband and wife team Gavin and Debbie Vanner to win the Aquathon / Duathlon Race to get a clean sweep of the challenges.
With so many challenges during the weeks it was fabulous to see so many riders conquer hills, ride in faster categorized groups or complete rides over consecutive days.
Next years’ dates have just been released so let’s look forward to another wonderful International Bike Camp in 2019. 1 Nov – 15 Nov 2019.